SWIMMING

Raider Swimmer Qualifies For State Meet

Nov 5, 2019
Joanne Villamor

Over the weekend, the Unalaska high school swim team traveled to Kenai for the regional championship. Athletes from Kenai, Soldotna, Kodiak, Homer, and Unalaska high schools participated in the meet.

The entire Raider team did well, according to coach Erin Reinders, with many athletes beating their personal records. Sophomore Shane Morris qualified for state, with a time of 57.54 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly event. Right now, that time is the 16th fastest time in the state.  Morris also beat the UCSD record for 100-yard butterfly.  

 

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Pre-meet excitement turned quickly to adrenaline when the plane carrying the Cordova swimmers ran off the runway at Unalaska's airport on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Though they suffered no critical physical injuries, concern for the swimmers' mental health took priority.

They stayed the night Alexandria House, and Unalaska's swim team and other community members provided clothes and comfort. The Cordova team flew home the next day on a chartered flight to be with their families.

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Unalaska ha​sn't sent a swimmer to the state competition in more than a decade, but that drought is about to end.

Freshman Adam Nguyen is competing in two events at the championship in Juneau this weekend. 

He qualified for the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke at the regional meet last month, but he said it wasn't an easy task.

"If you don't get first at regions, you have to be in the top 16 in the entire state of Alaska," said Nguyen. "I placed fourteenth."

He also set a new personal best in backstroke and nearly broke his own freestyle record.